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0 comments | February 26, 2007 | 4:53 PM | posted by Kristen

A well-written article by Jeff Leer in the Skagit Valley Herald.

I have heard from many people who cannot understand why union members would object to their money being used to improve their jobs or wages. Perspective is everything. From their vantage point, it is confusing. But for those of us who don’t vote solely based on our jobs and wallets, it is our right not to contribute.

How legislation affects my family, educational beliefs or conservative principles might not line up with the union’s “ideas” of what’s best for education or its workers. They can’t speak for me. That is called free speech.

I find it ironic that I am responsible and intelligent enough for parents to trust me everyday with their kids, but the union feels they have to “think” for me in terms of how I spend my money on politics.

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0 comments | February 22, 2007 | 10:30 AM | posted by Kristen

The House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs passed HB 2079 out of committee by a 6-3 vote with a “do pass” recommendation. This bill amends a state law that requires unions to get permission from non-member agency fee payers before spending their dues on political activity.


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0 comments | 9:55 AM | posted by Kristen

As (blogger) Ryan (Boots of edspresso.com) reported earlier this month, Washington state legislators recently introduced two bills (one in the House, one in the Senate) to allow unions to use non-member fees on political activity without getting permission from individual workers.


Read more at the Alliance for School Choice edspresso blog here.

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0 comments | 9:50 AM | posted by Kristen

A podcast update to the last post: According to the Seattle Times, the Washington Education Association drafted legislation that attempts an end-run around the pending U.S. Supreme Court decision.


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0 comments | February 07, 2007 | 10:01 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

Lawmakers in the Washington Legislature have introduced two bills that would effectively eliminate the requirement for unions to get permission from agency fee payers before spending dues on politics -- the very law at issue in our Supreme Court cases.


Evergreen Freedom Foundation podcast.

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0 comments | February 06, 2007 | 8:46 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

In today's Baltimore Sun.

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0 comments | February 05, 2007 | 10:04 AM | posted by Mike Reitz




On January 10, 2007, approximately 40 teachers joined Evergreen Freedom Foundation staff members in Washington, D.C., for the consolidated cases of Washington v. Washington Education Association and Davenport v. WEA.

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0 comments | February 02, 2007 | 12:10 PM | posted by Victor

Thanks to SVC Alumnus for taking the time to follow this case and continuing to highlight the importance of teachers' First Amendment free speech rights.


Yesterday he posted an interview with EFF. It's well worth reading for additional information on some of the details and implications of this case.


I just wanted to let everyone know that the video of the press conference that is referred to in question number two is now available here. We'll comment on it in the upcoming days.

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